Senior Program Officer - NAM Leadership Consortium

Washington D.C.
Aug 31, 2018
Dec 21, 2018
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and other fields. Working together with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine operates under Congressional charter to provide advice and steward progress in health, health care, and biomedical science and technology.

The National Academy of Medicine's Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System (the NAM Consortium) provides a trusted venue for leaders in stakeholder organizations important to health progress to work cooperatively toward their common commitment to effective, innovative health initiatives that consistently add value to patients and families, communities, and society. Members working together to address these problems represent the leadership from core stakeholder organizations: regulators, clinicians, patients, health care organizations, employers, manufacturers, insurers, health information technology, researchers, and policy makers.

The NAM Consortium works in three broad domains: science, culture, and value. It is seeking a Senior Program Officer of exceptional talent, flexibility, and the health policy expertise to help improve the pace of progress in achieving better health at lower cost. The incumbent should be an astute and experienced participant in the science, policy, and economics of a high value health system.  The selected candidate will have comfortable working facility with convening activities, publications, and maintaining strong connections with field leaders. Applicants should have superlative leadership and project management skills, a proven ability to direct and delegate to a junior staff team, and a strong track record of success in stewarding complex, high visibility, and occasionally high stakes projects. Applicants are also expected to have exceptional writing skills, strategic instincts, and appreciation for detail. A graduate degree is required, and a doctoral-level degree is preferred.

The Senior Program Officer is responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures the program/project meets its stated objectives. Serves as liaison between the Consortium and Collaborative project participants, the National Academies, and other applicable parties. Independently supervises staff. Develops prospectuses and projects and negotiates funding with sponsors.

Requiring advanced knowledge, incumbent performs work primarily intellectual and/or analytical in character. The job's primary focus is either on leading collaborative activities and projects or managing other types of programs. Establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a complex function. Has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, subject only to organizational and departmental policies and rules. Has full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring, training, and performance management for assigned staff. Provides innovative solutions to complex problems that impact program's or project's success. Reports directly to the Executive Director of the Leadership Consortium.
Job Description:


1. Independently designs and manages multiple and/or highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures stated objectives are met. Conducts program or project evaluations. Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.

2. Where applicable, assembles working groups or steering committees and guides them in completing projects. Leads convening activities such as collaborative meetings or workshops. Communicates and coordinates with the chair and other members of the group. Identifies and gathers research materials. Solicits and contacts potential members. Facilitates the flow of information among members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.

3. Conducts meetings and/or workshops. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.

4. Prepares background materials and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., meeting summaries, white papers). Drafts and edits materials for publication. For applicable projects, synthesizes research findings and technical information and determines the relevance for purposes of project.

5. Supports Collaborative members, Consortium members, meeting participants, etc. in all aspects of work. Assistance is provided in preparing draft writing products, including writing sections based on member input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Manages the review process, responds to comments and concerns, and prepares the final product for publication.

6. Where applicable, responsible for extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects.  Publicizes programs and other priorities. Develops complex and content rich materials and websites to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.

7. Where applicable, manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal. Manages report production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials. Conducts dissemination meetings.

8. Independently supervises program or project staff. Ensures staff are appropriately trained and plans for staff development. Mentors staff. Initiates personnel actions. Conducts performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.

9. Responsible for financial management of assigned programs or projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizing expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.

10. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, universities, and other healthcare stakeholder organizations. Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.

11. Maintains ongoing relationships with major sponsors and develops new program areas. Conducts background research on topics for new project funding, programs, or activities. Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding. Identifies potential sponsors. Raises funds for current and future projects. Negotiates funding with sponsors.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Master's degree in a related field, or equivalent knowledge. 

Minimum Experience:  Six years of related professional experience, two of which were in a supervisory capacity.  Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of National Academies' activities or equivalent outside activities.  Demonstrated high level of proficiency in conveying scientific, technical, and/or policy information.  

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Washington, District of Columbia

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